Sunday, 14 January 2018

Twenty Five Years On The Ferry

Twenty five years on the Ferry
From this side of the water
To the other side of the water,
Then back again,
People watching
On the Mersey tide.

Pointing the lens,
Releasing the shutter,
Then later on
Going digital;
In all kinds of weather
‘What you doin’ lar?’

‘Jus’ takin a snap’
‘Can I ‘ave a copy?’
‘Course you can’
‘O go on den!’
Faces on the Ferry,
Smiles and scowls.

The auld fellahs
In jackets, caps
And horn rims,
The gels in the latest
Fashions and hair styles,
‘Get me best side lad’

Bicycles and helmets,
Pushing and shoving,
‘Come on mate –
I got work to go to’
Maintaining courtesy
‘Alright son, alright !’

Twenty five years on the Ferry
Recording changing times,
Changing styles,
Capturing bits of lives,
‘Ain’t ya got a proper job?’
‘I’m trying, you know!’

© David Subacchi

David Subacchi lives in Wales (UK) where he was born of Italian roots. He studied at the University of Liverpool and has 4 published collections of his English Language poetry: First Cut (2012), Hiding in Shadows (2014), Not Really a Stranger (2016) and A Terrible Beauty (2016) as well as a collection in Welsh: Eglwys Yng Nghremona (2017).